Actress Kate Hudson ignored the stigma attached to being an overweight Hollywood star when she was pregnant - deciding to embrace her bigger frame instead.

The Almost Famous beauty - who gave birth to son RYDER in January (04) - piled on the pounds during her pregnancy with husband Chris Robinson's child, but refused to allow her bloated physique bring her down.

She says, "I didn't care. My picture was in magazines when I weighed about 145 pounds but I was really proud of it.

"I'd just had a baby - there's nothing to be ashamed of when you blow up. I'm OK about being big. It felt like everybody else was more worried about it than I was."

18/05/2004 17:09